A private firm has willfully blocked free access to Odesa port and asks money from truck drivers for passing. The Odesa customs office is trying to figure out what is going on and calls on law enforcement agencies to investigate this corrupt scheme, Yuliia Marushevska, the authority head, said on air of 112 Ukraine, Censor.NET reports.
"Responding may take them either 30 days or less, 2 days, if the case is taken up by detectives, and I hope exactly detectives will deal with it... We would really want that a probe is launched, as we have clear corruption signs of an agreement between a private company and the city administration," Marushevska said.
"The National Police didn't sanction putting the signs that impede free access to the port and allow a private Euroterminal earn money. We are witnessing the revival of a Yanukovych-era scheme, when that terminal, over the years, milked business despite the fact it is inconvenient in terms of logistics. At the moment, not only it collects a fee from each truck, they also want to make this private terminal operate as part of Odesa port. It's a kind of monopolization through this private company, agreed with the city administration," Marushevska resented.
"This scheme has been in force for a few weeks after they put these signs. And we quickly reacted so that it is not entrenched," she added.
As previously reported, trucks could allegedly access Odesa port only through a paid private terminal. Those who refuse to go through the toll area, face a fine of UAH 255 (approx. $9.6).